Gizmo's coat is very soft, almost like cashmere. He also has white mittens, which you can't see in that pic. I've often wondered if the quality of the coat and markings are related, since I had a cat with the same markings as Gizmo when I was a kid. He was a Manx with no papers, but also had the very even markings, the same color eyes, and soft fur. I saw a picture of Gizmo's mom, who was a stray. She had the same white and gray markings, but medium long hair. She had four kittens, all with short hair and the same markings.
I don't mind that he likes to climb in my pants, since it seems to make him happy and he gets out without any fuss when I'm ready to get up. If I'm sitting for awhile reading or something, he'll actually curl up and fall asleep.